Meaning of Name: Survivor
Current Age: 3 years and 11 months old
Date of Birth (Approximate): April 3, 2019
Reason Orphaned: Mother died from Cyanobacteria
Rescue Date: December 3, 2020
Age at Rescue (Approximate): 1 year and 8 months old
Rescue Location: Tobera Settlement, Okavango Delta Panhandl
Between March and June of 2020, about 330 elephants mysteriously died in this area of the panhandle. After months of testing, scientists believe the elephants died after drinking from watering holes that were contaminated with Cyanobacteria. This toxic bacteria sometimes grows into large blooms known as blue-green algae. The algae can occur naturally in standing water. The deaths stopped around the end of June as the watering holes dried up.
We believe Mofalodi’s mother died after drinking the contaminated water, leaving this beautiful little boy an orphan. His lovely large eyes captivate everyone around him. He has a very short tail that he swishes and wags when he is happy, which is most of the time.
He has adapted quite well to his handlers and new environment and is thriving. As a very energetic and active little boy he needs lots of calories every day—and he loves to eat! He needs to keep his strength up to run and play with the other elephants in his new family. Sandy is especially excited to have someone his own size to play with.
This little one’s favorite thing is drinking from the milk bottle. Even when he’s finished all the milk he loves to continue to suckle. Bee puts the bottle’s nipple on his thumb for Mofalodi to gently suck on as he puts himself to sleep.
We are excited to have this sweet boy in our herd.
FOSTER AN ELEPHANT FOR YOURSELF OR AS A GIFT FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL.
For just $100 annually, our foster parents receive by email:*
Foster certificate with the name, photo and details of your orphan
Updates on their care and progress
*Emailing these items saves us money on printing and postage, so we can ensure every dollar you donate goes directly to the elephants.
Please call 972-620-2523 if you have any questions about fostering.